Mexican president-elect wants to create border force to combat illegal immigration
Mexico's president-elect and his cabinet are proposing drastic changes to security and immigration policies.
On Friday, several Trump administration officials, including U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson, will meet with President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City.
After populist, left-leaning López Obrador won the Mexican presidential election last week, his future cabinet members have proposed several new solutions to help stop the daily drug and human trafficking in Mexico—much of it going through our border in the Rio Grande Valley.
In a recent interview with El Financiero-Bloomberg in Mexico, López Obrador's future security secretary, Alfonso Durazo, said he would like to create a Mexican Border Patrol that will be on both Mexico's northern and southern borders.
It’s a move Durazo says will dissuade Central American migrants, along with stopping drugs from going through and weapons entering Mexico.
"The power of the cartels cannot be disassociated from the problems of development that the country has," López-Levy said.
UTRGV political science lecturer Arturo Lopez Levy says many of the security and poverty-fighting ideas the newest Mexican leader has proposed has favored the Trump administration.
Experts say both Trump and López Obrador might seem like an unlikely pair that will both fight these issues.
"They both look like disrupters, but up to now, we have seen that they have tried to avoid a pre-mature clash," said Lopez Levy.
And to help combat poverty, illegal immigration and corruption in Mexico, López Obrador ran on a campaign of backing the poorest as a way to bring more rule-of-law to Mexico and its borders.
The meeting between U.S. leaders and Mexican officials also will include a visit with current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto before getting together with President-elect López Obrador in Mexico City.